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Visiting Washington, D.C.
Session Type: Symposium
This session advances the argument that, in an age where literacies are mobile, fluid and multimodal, attention should be given to the ephemeral in literacy research. The four papers in this session explore different methodologies for achieving this, drawing on innovative research projects exploring children’s literacy practices. Together, they raise questions about the methodologies needed to broaden and deepen our understanding of meaning-making in contemporary times and contribute to recent debates about the significance of embodiment, materiality and affect in literacy studies. They suggest that attending to ephemerality, to what matters to children and young people as they make meanings, may enable the understandings needed to enhance and enrich children’s life-chances.
From Achievement Gap to Time Warp: Methods for Disturbing Realities - Karen E. Wohlwend, Indiana University - Bloomington
More Than Off-Task Indulgences: Assemblage Theory and One Boy's Literacy Practices Across Online and Off-Line Spaces - Kimberly Lenters, University of Calgary
Poststructural and Posthumanist Theories as Literacy Research Methodologies - Candace Ross Kuby, University of Missouri - Columbia
Enchanted Literacies: Evoking Generosity in Literacy Research - Cathy Burnett, Sheffield Hallam University; Guy Merchant, Sheffield Hallam University